Richard was born to Robert and Grace Roese Feb. 20, 1953, while they were living in Visalia, Calif. They moved all over California while he was a child, and after growing up, he bought his first house and settled in Santa Maria, beginning his career in the beverage industry and marrying Lucinda Sue, mother of their two children. He lost his wife tragically, leaving him a single father to his children. He was a devoted father to both, and they all remained close even after the move North.
He spent 37 years working as a sales executive in the beverage industry "providing stiff competition for the Coke sales staff along the central California coast." When the opportunity to retire came, he began looking at buying a home in northwest Montana, fulfilling a dream of living in the Rocky Mountains of the Northwest. He and Susan chose a home right on the banks of the Clark Fork River just outside Thompson Falls in 2009, though it was a couple of years before they could settle all the affairs in California. They finally moved in May 2012.
Richard loved to have friends and family in his home. Though he was a bit of a recluse, he enjoyed hosting sightseeing forays to the scenic points of interest in Sanders County. Thompson Falls Dam, Noxon Dam, Cabinet Gorge Dam and Graves Creek Falls were some of his favorite destinations. "Fiesta Friday" became a tradition at the Roese-Cordero home, as they celebrated the end of each week with tacos or Mexican food of some variety; a favorite of Richard's. Richard and Susan volunteered for Beautification Days in Thompson Falls, contributing to the clean-up efforts and showing their community spirit as well. Richard really enjoyed hauling trailer after trailer of yard waste to the county transfer station or the city burn pile.
Richard requested cremation and family members and a few close friends gathered to celebrate his life in the grand tradition of "Fiesta Friday" June 13, 2014 at his home in Thompson Falls. His family requests that any donations be made in memory of Richard to their favorite charity. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of the Sanders County Ambulance team and Clark Fork Valley hospital.